Shaquem Griffin becomes first one-handed player selected in National Football League draft

Shaquem Griffin was in attendance in Dallas when his name was called at the 2018 NFL Draft.

His twin brother, Shaquill Griffin, was a third-round pick of the team past year and started 11 games at cornerback.

Shaquill and Shaquem were team-mates at Central Florida, Shaquill only agreeing to commit to them if they would also take on his sibling. Griffin, who plays as a linebacker, had his left hand amputated when he was four. He was the AAC's Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and helped the Knights post a 13-0 season in 2017.

He bench-pressed 225 pounds (102kg) 20 times with a prosthetic hand and then covered the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. "I said, 'You have to grab this!' I said, 'You don't have time for this!' I handed him the phone, and that's how it went".

SHAQUEM GRIFFIN, on the call from Seattle general manager John Schneider when he was chosen. He finished his college career with 195 total tackles, 18.5 sacks, three interceptions and one touchdown.

In fact, the Seahawks were so enamored by Dickson that they had him in for one of the team's 60 official visits during the Combine. "He is as fast as you can get as a linebacker", Carroll said.

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"Having my brother beside me and to have competition with him, I knew what my ability was and I knew what I could do", Shaquem Griffin said.

Since the, he's been the talk of the league, and the outpouring of support from the entire NFL and wider sporting community after he was drafted was incredible to see.

Using a prosthetic on his left arm he posted 20 repetitions on the bench-press as National Football League hopefuls were put through their paces by team representatives in March.

Griffin's college coach Scott Frost tweeted "About time", after the pick was made. Shaquill said he frequently lobbied the Seahawks' brass on his brother's behalf. But that never stopped Griffin from doing everything his friends were doing, especially his older twin brother (by one minute) Shaquill. "Even though I've been doubted so long, it was always triggered in me to just do it and to prove all of them wrong". "I don't want to be a guy who's just a feel-good story", he told American media at the draft.

I get that Shaquem only has one hand, but he's proven he can be be an wonderful player despite his disability.

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